English set, puppet and costume designer Jason Southgate made his Royal Opera debut in 2007 as design associate to Stefanos Lazaridis for the revival of Der Ring des Nibleungen, directed by Keith Warner, and returned for the 2012 revival. In 2015 he created the designs for Welsh National Opera’s production of Richard Ayres’s Peter Pan, directed by Warner and performed at the Royal Opera House.
Southgate trained at Central Saint Martins. His work in opera includes Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi (Royal Academy of Music), Hänsel und Gretel and The Tyrant (Teatro Comunale Bolzano), Tosca (Savonlinna Festival), Der Silbersee (Wexford Festival), Whirlwind (Streetwise Opera), Armide (Buxton Festival), Tannhäuser (Stadttheater Minden), Carmen (Mid Wales Opera), The Turn of the Screw (Landestheater Salzburg), Hänsel und Gretel and La Cenerentola (Frankfurt Oper) and Brundibar (Riverside Studios).
Southgate has worked extensively with Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, where his credits include A Clockwork Orange, One Million Tiny Plays about Britain, Cinderella, Ghosts, Desire under the Elms, Wizard of Oz, Don Juan, Sound of My Voice, Waiting for Godot, Peter Pan, Hamlet, The Bevellers, James and the Giant Peach and puppet design for Charlotte’s Web. Theatre credits elsewhere include Frozen (Park Theatre), Only a Day (Belgrade), Centrally Heated Knickers (Pleasance Theatre), Trojan Women (Gate Theatre), The Government Inspector (Young Vic), Beauty and the Beast (Unicorn Theatre), On the Waterfront (West End and Edinburgh), The Lady from the Sea and Enemy of the People (Arcola Theatre), Elegies (Arts Theatre) and The Deep Blue Sea (Nottingham Playhouse).